Purple (magazine)

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Purple Fasion (magazine) Fall Winter 2011 cover.jpg
Fall Winter 2011/2012 cover
Editor-in-chief Olivier Zahm
Categories Fashion, Art, Culture
Frequency Biannual
Year founded 1992 (Purple Prose)
1995 (old version)
2004 (new version)
Company Purple Institute
Country France
Language English + French
Website purple.fr
ISSN 1766-8832
Editors-in-chief Elein Fleiss and Sébastien Jamain
Categories Art, Culture
Frequency Quarterly
Year founded 2004
Company Les Editions Purple
Country France
Language English, French
Website purple.fr
ISSN 1766-8840

Purple is a French fashion, art and culture magazine founded in 1992.


In 1992, Elein Fleiss and Olivier Zahm started the magazine Purple Prose as a reaction against the superficial glamour of the 1980's; much as a part of the global counterculture at the time, inspired by magazines like Interview, Ray Gun, Nova, and Helmut Newton's Illustrated, but with the aesthetics of what usually is referred to as anti-fashion. Based on their personal interests and views; Purple was, and in a sense still is, made much in the same spirit of the fanzine. The magazine quickly became associated with the "realism" of the new fashion photography of the 1990s, with names like Juergen Teller, Terry Richardson, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Mario Sorrenti.[1]

In the introduction of the Purple Anthology, Zahm writes:

In 2004 it divided into Purple Fashion published by Purple Institute based in Paris and New York, and Purple Journal, published by Les Editions Purple, based in Paris. On February 16 the first installation of Purple Fashion's new online presence was launched. http://purple-diary.com can be considered as the extension of the magazine but as a digital voice that offers immediate access to the world of Purple — including Olivier Zahm's personal pictures as well as a look into the next issue of the magazine.

The art director of Purple Prose and Purple Fashion was Christophe Brunnquell until 2006, when he was succeeded by M/M Paris.

Offspring publications[edit]

Fleiss & Zahm's collaboration has resulted in many side projects over the years:

Purple Prose
published from October 1992 to winter 1998 (13 issues).
Purple Fiction
a literary magazine published between 1995 and 1998 (4 issues).
Purple Fashion
published between 1995 - 1998 (4 issues), and 2004 - (present).
Purple Sexe
a magazine devoted to sexuality, published between winter 1998 and 2001 (8 issues). The magazine was reborn as a one-off appendix for Purple Fashion Fall/Winter 2008/09, dedicated to Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi.
a fusion of Purple Prose, Fiction, Fashion, and Sexe; published between summer 1998 and 2003 (16 issues).
Purple Books
a publishing house (1998 - 2001)
Purple Gallery
a Parisian art gallery
Purple Journal
a cultural magazine published 2004 - (present) in a French and an English version.

Since 2004, Purple is divided in two different publications; Purple Fashion magazine (edited by Olivier Zahm and published by Purple Institute) and Purple Journal (edited by Elein Fleiss and Sébastien Jamain, published by Les Editions Purple).[3]

Purple Fashion's artist's books[edit]

Since its second issue, each number of Purple Fashion comes with an artist's book:


  1. ^ Zahm, Olivier; Purple Anthology 1992/2006; Purple Fashion, Fall Winter 2008/09; Purple Institute, Paris 2008; p.68-69
  2. ^ Zahm, Olivier and Fleiss, Elein; Purple Anthology: Art Prose Fashion Music Architecture Sex; Rizzoli 2008; ISBN 0-8478-3020-9 ISBN 9780847830206
  3. ^ http://www.purple.fr/

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